Emirates has begun taking delivery of its new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first of the new generation A380s was delivered this month as Emirates’ 85th A380. The first of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is expected to be delivered later this month and will feature upgraded Business Class seats amongst other features.
In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.
Singapore Airlines will not renew the lease on its first Airbus A380 casting a further shadow over the future of the world’s largest jumbo jet. The double-decker jet was launched in 2007, with Singapore Airlines the first customer. However, the carrier has decided not to renew its ten-year lease on the plane when it expires in 2017.
Emirates has launched its second daily A380 service from Dubai International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. With this expanded schedule, Emirates is now able to serve nearly 1,000 passengers travelling to Los Angeles each day. Also on the same day Vienna joined the family of A380 scheduled destinations served by an Emirates A380.
The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world’s largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13 per cent of the Emirates fleet, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai. During the year, Emirates gave a fresh coat of paint to three Airbus A380s and 22 Boeing 777s, in addition to eight aircraft that were retired as a part of the airline’s strategy to operate a young, modern, and efficient aircraft fleet.
Emirates is to operate its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR. Emirates’ flagship double-decker A380s will operate on the route, currently the world’s longest, from October 30th.
Emirates has released the world’s first 360-video tour of the A380 cockpit. Watch captain Thomas Ziarno from New Zealand and first officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi from the United Arab Emirates give an immersive 360-view tour of the flight deck controls of an Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft.
Etihad Airways has rostered its next-generation A380 aircraft between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi, adding additional capacity. The flagship superjumbo will operate one of the airline’s double daily flights between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi. It will replace one of the three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently deployed on the route.
Emirates has announced it has placed an order with manufacturer Airbus for an additional two new A380 aircraft, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. Emirates already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380s, with 75 in service and a further 65 on firm order.
Emirates has launched an Airbus A380 service to Birmingham Airport. The airline’s inaugural flight on its new daily A380 service from Dubai touched down at 12:20. This is the first time that the double-decker aircraft will operate a regular service from the airport, with the A380 replacing the Boeing 777 on the daily EK39/40 service.
Korean Air has confirmed that after almost five years since it introduced the A380 aircraft to its fleet, the double-decker will come into service on the Seoul Incheon-London Heathrow route. The A380 daily flight will commence with the start of the summer service on March 27th, with the flight leaving Seoul at 13:25 arriving at Heathrow’s terminal four at 17:25.
In a rare bright spot for the beleaguered aircraft, European plane maker Airbus has won a deal to sell three A380 superjumbo jets to ANA Holdings. Japan’s biggest carrier will pay roughly $1.25 billion for the planes.